rather laugh with the sinners

9x12" loose art journal page, watercolor paper

this is the background, still wet!

Here's the recipe for the background: draw lines in pen, watercolor each square, mist with a spray mister of water, let it run together and let dry fully (under heavy books so it doesn't warp). To clarify, I put a piece of parchment paper on top of the art journal page and then place a bunch of books on top. I might let pages go an hour or so then press overnight (even for a few days). And I keep the parchment in between pages for a few months. Just depends on humidity and if they are sticky still! For watercolors, I just put parchment on the page and keep it under a book until dry and ensure it's not warped. Let me know if that makes sense!

Bonus brush work practice!

You might say that this is a lot of work just to create a background that barely shows up - why not just paint squares around the edges? Well certainly you could! When I do backgrounds, I rarely have the page planned out, so I just play. It is the playing, the process, right? So if it's the play not the outcome then it's OK to get into your backgrounds and even cover them up!

{NaNoJouMo #9 2010}

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